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Old 17th October 2006, 07:00   #16
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Yellow fogs are banned....i definitely remember reading an old magazine (probably Autocar) saying that Mahindra Classic (i think i've got it correct) came with 4 yellow fog lamps, which gave it a tough look and unfortunately due to the ban it was scrapped.
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Old 17th October 2006, 08:52   #17
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The Qualis used to come with yellow fog lamps as OE, in one of its iterations. Wonder how?
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Actually, FOG lights are not that bad, as they are located on the lower bottom.

Worse if High Beam that is being abused by people all the time.
Ofcourse, all we can do is bitch about it on the web, nothing much is going to change in reality
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Old 17th October 2006, 09:40   #19
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All non-OE aux lights are banned in Kerala. At least it was, 2-3 years back as my Chennai registered car was pulled over and fined in Trivandrum. I remember at time, all these Hella's and other aux lights used to be available really cheap at the accessory shops.

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Old 17th October 2006, 09:49   #20
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Well, I am not sure whether yellow fogs are banned or not. But I would like to corect a few misconceptions

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the reason for ban being they can cause glare than ordinary ones and very being used in city conditions also....
Yellow light DO NOT cause glare.

From Wikipedia
"The intent of selective yellow is to improve vision by removing shorter, blue wavelengths from the projected light, as these wavelengths are difficult for the human visual system to process properly, as well as causing perceived dazzle effects in rain, fog and snow and problems with glare"

In UK, use of selective yellow is allowed only on low visibility conditions. So the indian rule might be similar.

Also, white fog lamps cannot be as effective as yellow ones, because white lamp produces the complete spectrum of light leading to glare on wet or snow surfaces.

Also all halogens produce yellowish beam only. They are popular because of the properties mentioned above.
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Old 17th October 2006, 10:19   #21
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@GTO: Both sajands & Pankaj401 are correct. The first generation Hyundai Santro in India (during 1999-2000), came with factory fitted yellow fog / driving lamps factory installed.
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Even I had heard that yellow fog lamps that too over teh top were allowed in hilly areas only. It is very much possible becasue even the 100\90 bulbs we put in our cars are illegal
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Hey i have a Santro that came fitted with yellow fog lamps from factory back in 1999-2000 and i do use the fog lamps in the city during nite times and even in front of the cops and i've never been caught since the last 6 yrs of purchasing the car in bangalore.. i'am really suprised with this fog lamp issue
Me too. I also have those yellow foglamps installed in my santro by the dealer & till now i've never been caught by the cops.
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Hey i have a Santro that came fitted with yellow fog lamps from factory back in 1999-2000 and i do use the fog lamps in the city during nite times and even in front of the cops and i've never been caught since the last 6 yrs of purchasing the car in bangalore.. i'am really suprised with this fog lamp issue
I dont think most of the cops are aware of the issue either. probably the reason why you were never caught!

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Though the yellow ones should be useful in case of fog but I do also remember reading that fog lights are banned. But that was many years back. Secondly it said fog lights were banned and didn't say anything about the colour. So probably all must have been banned at some time. Don't know if the ban has been lifted now.
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Default rules for lamps, fog lamps etc.,

Here are the exact rules pertaining to head lamps, tail lamps, fog lamps, height of fog lamps etc., etc.,
first of all, main headlamps should be white. i.e. slightly yelllow is okay, but you cannot have completely yellow fog lamps as main lamps.
http://morth.nic.in/mvlrule/rule5_105.pdf

It says that the dimensions/wattage/positioning is as repect to indian standards IS 8415 and 8416.
To read those standards you have to purchase the book or CDROM.
Does anybody have that?
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nice info guys....but WHY exactly is it banned in India ?? what is the logic ??
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Not banned, just regulated.
There is a maximum height limit, limit on wattage etc.,
Also see IS 1606 regarding wattage.
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last year my M800 was fined Rs.500 by a mobile court for using fog lights... it was real funny... initially they coudnt find anything else to fine, then they fined me for keeping fog lamps.. indians laws are just puppets staring blindly at the vendetta of our police.
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yellow fog lamps are banned because of their high intensity...the normal ones..the white ones are not banned.
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